Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Pub. Date: September 10, 2013
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Blurb from Goodreads:
In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?
Just…oh man. This book. I love this book so much, I can’t even begin to tell you. Rainbow Rowell has definitely become one of my favorite writers, with her ability to create these characters that you can identify and fall in love with so easily.After reading Attachments, which I reviewed here, I knew that I had to eventually own the rest of Rowell’s books.
I adore Cath, and her shy, fanfiction loving nature . She is sweet, caring, messed up just a little (aren’t we all), and completely absorbed in her writing. She was such a well written character, she almost seemed alive. I loved that she wrote fanfiction, and was this big writer in that world, though she is shy by nature. Being a big fan of fanfiction, I loved this aspect of the book. I love how much of a fangirl she is of the Simon Snow series (which is a clear parody of Harry Potter). It reminded me of the times I stood in line with my friends at midnight waiting for the next book or movie to release. Those were amazing times.
Then there was Levi, who I wish was real so that I could date him. ::I really do though:: He was so sweet and concerned about Cath when she went out, and was always there for her if she needed a ride home to rescue her dad, or save her sister. There were times that you wanted to smack him upside the head and ask him just what the heck he was doing? Was he trying to ruin his chances with Cath? but those were few and far between. I will say that Cath’s twin sister, Wren, upset me for most of the book in her selfishness to not want to be roommates, to not want to really ever hang out with her, and many other things;even though that made me sad, I understood where it was coming from, and interesting to see how that relationship would play out. Cath’s dad I just love, and feel sorry for all at the same time. After his wife up and leaves the family when the girls are in third grade, the girls struggle through life together with their slightly fragile father, who sometimes breaks down. The other characters in the book were some of my favorites as well, namely Reagan. Boy, was she a hoot! Sarcastic, slightly mean, but still caring, she was the perfect roommate to bring Cath out of her shell.
I thought it was interesting that Rowell included paragraph’s from Cath’s fanfiction, letting the reader get into her head a little bit through them. It was an aspect I found interesting, after I realized what they actually were. They threw me for a loop the first time I came across one at the end of the first chapter.
There’s not really anything negative I can say about this book. I throughly enjoyed the book and would recommended it to any person out there who is a fangirl or boy, who loves fanfiction, or who just loves to read a well written book full of characters that you can fall in love with.